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A Brilliant Blend Bulletin - Issue 11 2016

Created on: Friday, 29 April 2016 at 11:12:21 AM


The Shire of Irwin has resolved to make a local law relating to Meeting Procedures.

The purpose of this local law is to provide rules and guidelines which apply to the conduct of meetings of the Council and its committees and to meetings of electors.

The effect of this local law is to result in:

(a)      better decision-making by the Council and committees;

(b)      the orderly conduct of meetings dealing with Council business;

(c)     better understanding of the process of conducting meetings; and

(c)      the more efficient and effective use of time at meetings.

A copy of the proposed local law may be inspected at or obtained from the Shire Administration, 11-13 Waldeck Street, Dongara WA 6525 between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Alternatively you can access a copy from the Shire’s website

Submissions about the proposed law may be made in writing to:

Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Irwin
PMB 21

Or you may email Submissions will be accepted until 12noon, Monday 20 June 2016.

Please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email with any further enquiries.



Enjoy reading bestselling eBooks and listening to eAudiobooks everywhere you go. Discover a great collection for download onto your device by following one of the links on the Library tab on the Shire website or ask our friendly staff for more information.



The Shire of Irwin Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee is excited to advise that the Beyond Gardens Team are coming to Dongara as part of their Regional Roadshow  and are holding 2 Seminars.


Garden Wise Seminar

Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016

Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: Function Room, Irwin Rec

  •         Sustainable gardening
  •         How to improve local soils
  •         Best plants for your area
  •         Introduction to Bioscaping
  •         Waterwise irrigation techniques
  •         Soil health tips and tricks
  •         Questions and practical answers


Water Wise Food Seminar

Date: Friday, 13 May 2016

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: Function Room, Irwin Rec

  •         Growing fruit and vegetables
  •         Bushfoods for the home
  •         Waterwise food gardening tips
  •         Nutrient management
  •         Waterwise irrigation techniques
  •         Design tricks to you $$$
  •         Questions and practical answers

This event is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Irwin and the Water Corporation

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: If you are interested in attending please RSVP by Tuesday 10 May 2016 for catering purposes to Coralie Palmer Manager Community Services on 9927 0000 or email



The Public Free Wi-Fi at the Port Denison Foreshore is currently not operating.

During the recent storm activity some of the Wi-Fi equipment at Port Denison has been damaged and the Shire is waiting for the warranty replacement parts to arrive. The service is anticipated to be back on during the month of May and the Dongara Wi-Fi is still available. The Shire regrets any inconvenience.

Please contact Nicole Nelson on 9927 1404 or email if further information is required.



Locals would have noticed a yellow flowering plant around the built up areas of Dongara and Port Denison that is becoming more prominent. The plant is a toxic weed called Golden Crown Beard (Verbasina encelioides) commonly known locally as Dongara Daisy. It is a weed known to establish itself very rapidly, especially in disturbed areas where existing vegetation has been removed. Originally from America, it has spread quickly through some areas of Western Australia in particular the coastal plain between Dongara and Geraldton.

Verbasina encelioides is toxic weed but is as yet not on the declared species list. If declared, it is the responsibility of landholders to remove the weed, so it is best to remove it now before it becomes a bigger problem. Verbasina is known to threaten seabird habitat like that found further north at Eagle Island, Dirk Hartog Island and Big Lagoon, thriving in the guano rich soils and acts as a gap filler occupying nesting or burrowing sites. It is also toxic to sheep as it causes damage to the lining cells of blood vessels in the lungs which can lead to a large build-up of fluid in and around these organs.

Verbasina produces copious amounts of seed that once dispersed may take a few years to eradicate. It has a small yellow flower between 2.5 and 5cm across either as solitary flowers or in clusters and can grow up to 1.5m in height, flowering most of the year in our mild climate.

Like myself a large number of residents are concerned with the spread of this weed so the problem needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. If you have this weed on your property, it is highly recommended that you remove it as soon as possible. If left unattended it may become a much bigger problem to deal with in the future. By every landowner dealing with this weed on their property it will be an enormous step towards controlling this plant within our townsite. Plants can be eradicated by either pulling up or spraying with glyphosate (Round Up).



Notice is hereby given that the local government of the Shire of Irwin has prepared the abovementioned Draft Local Planning Policy for Sea Containers.

The draft policy is available for inspection at the Shire Administration office or on the Shire website (under the Planning tab). Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before 12pm Monday 9 May 2016.

Please contact Clair Morrison, Planning Officer on 9927 0000 or email



The Shire of Irwin Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) is seeking EOI’s for 2 x independent local community members to join the Committee.

The primary function of the EDAC is to:

  • To develop a Shire of Irwin Economic Development Plan
  • Promote local economic opportunity and innovation through appropriate stakeholder engagement;
  • Assist the Shire in meeting its strategic objectives in concert  with the Shire’s integrated planning and reporting framework which includes but is not limited to the Shire’s, Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Annual Budget and other informing documents; and
  • Offer direction to the Shire in making recommendations to Council in accord with these Terms of Reference.

Members of the Committee currently include Cr West (Chairperson), Cr Thompson, Cr Smith, Cr Meares, the CEO and Mr Ron Saulsman and Wayne Wickham as representatives of the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MWCCI) Dongara Sub-Committee.

Expressions of Interest will be considered by the EDAC and a recommendation will be provided to Council for the appointments (in accordance with s5.8 of the Local Government Act 1995).

Unless a member of the MWCCI (as the Committee already has representation from this group), local community or business people are encouraged to apply.

If you have a passion and enthusiasm for community affairs with a particular interest in fostering local economic development and can commit to at least one meeting every two months with appropriate reading/research time, the EDAC would like to hear from you!

Please submit a letter or email outlining your interest and any skills and/or experience that may support your application. Expressions of Interest can be submitted via email to or can be mailed to Shire of Irwin, PMB 21, Dongara WA 6525 by 12 noon Monday, 2 May 2016.

Please contact Erin Greaves, Coordinator Executive Services on 9927 0000 or email to find out more.



Community and Sporting Groups and Not for Profit Organisations - YOU ARE INVITED TO A THANK A VOLUNTEER FUNCTION.

To support National Volunteer Week the Shire are hosting a SUNDOWNER function to promote awareness of volunteers within our community by inviting people from community groups, sporting groups and not for profit organisations to attend.

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia and provides an opportunity to highlight the role volunteers have within our Community.

Event Details

Where: Irwin Recreation Centre

When:  Wednesday 11 May 2016

Time:   5pm – 7pm    

Please RSVP by Monday 9 May 2016 for catering purposes to Coralie Palmer on 9927 0000 or email

Darren Simmons
Chief Executive Officer

29 April 2016

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